Unfortunately getting off track is part of the weight loss journey. Instead of getting frustrated try these 6 weight loss tips that work.
Working your way towards healthier weight loss habits isn’t easy. Think about it, most of us are trying to break years – decades – of bad habits. This is not a simple task. It’s a lifelong process that has it ups and downs. There are times when we’re right on track and everything is going perfect. Then life, for whatever reason, will put the breaks on and we find ourselves regressing back to old comfortable habits.
Accept that change is hard but not impossible. Some days will be effortless and other days you will have to push yourself a little harder. Then there will be the days you just lounge on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and watch Food Network for 10 hours – not that I’ve done that 🙂
The key is to recognize and take responsibility when you make the wrong choices so you can learn from them. Don’t punish yourself. Always, take every experience as a learning one. The more you learn about your habits, flaws, and strengths the more you can craft your days to make better healthier choices.
Whatever you do don’t give up. Tell yourself right now that giving up is not an option!
I’ve been on this journey for a long time and, in my experience, these are the weight loss tips that work every single time.
#1 Start over.
Basically, what I mean by starting over is to first assess and acknowledge where you’re at (aka. get on the scale), make a commitment to change, then do a food overhaul. These eye opening three steps usually will create a spark of motivation to lead you towards the next steps.
Also, going back to books that made an impact on my lifestyle helps. Two books that made an impact were Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating and Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Both were very thought provoking. Getting back to these basic always helps when I am losing stamina and focus.
But the biggest thing is going back to the basics.
#2 Get yourself back on track with a plan.
If you haven’t noticed I am kind of obsessed with plans. I am not speaking of the plan that floats around in our heads. No, I am referring to the well thought out written down plan. In my experience, nothing provides more peace than a to-do list. I am not kidding. Whenever I feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start I always write out a to-do list. To go along with my to-do list is my menu plan – which is a must in my house. Think of your weekly to-do list and menu plan as your road map for the week. When you get busy and can’t think straight all you need to do is take a look at your plans for direction.
Check out my healthy meal planning guide for more advice and direction.
#3 Focus on preparing foods ahead of time. Most of the time when I get off track with food it is because I strayed away from meal prep. Having healthy foods ready to eat will help so much in your effort to lose weight. I am not saying you need to do a full blown freezer cooking session. Just making a few meals and snacks for the week will make a difference.
Check this beginner meal prep guide for more information on getting started.
#4 Give yourself permission to take a break. Most of time we find ourselves leaning towards bad habits when we are stressed and overwhelmed. It is ok, and even beneficial, to take some time for yourself to regroup and relax. However, don’t let that mental break turn into weeks of procrastination. Set a time limit and then get back into it.
#5 Recognize the progress you have made. Whether it is 1 pound or 40 lbs progress is progress. In my opinion, there is nothing more motivating than seeing the results of your hard work.
Here are some posts that might help:
#6 Dig deep and challenge yourself. I know when we are ready to give up challenging ourselves may seem impossible. However, I think it is the perfect time to find out what we’re made of. When it comes right down to it change starts with us…period. No book, seminar, workshop, infomercial, blog, or person can change our lives if we are not willing to do the work.
These are 2 of my favorite posts on mindset and discipline.
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